The Executive Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has announced the temporary lifting of the entire lockdown in Rivers State for 2 days only, with effect from Tuesday 12th May 2020.
Governor Wike made the announcement during a State-Wide broadcast on Sunday night.
He said that the entire lockdown are going to be lifted on Tuesday 12th May, 2020 and Wednesday, 13th May, 2020.
Governor Wike said that the lockdown are going to be reinstated on Thursday, 14th May, 2020.
The Governor said all other established restrictions under the chief Orders on social distancing were still effective .
According to him, “Consequently, we’ve given due consideration to the propositions on the way forward by well-meaning citizens of the State, and after a cautious review of things , decided to implement a partial relaxation of the lockdown measures, to enable residents to have some fresh air and replenish their foodstuffs and medicines.
“To this end, I hereby announce the temporary lifting of the entire lockdown on Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt Local Governments Areas for 2 days only, with effect from Tuesday 12th May 2020.
“All shops, supermarkets, and malls can open to the general public for Tuesday and Wednesday, 12 and 13 May 2020.
“Similarly, all hospitals and banks also can open and supply full services to the general public . Oil and gas companies are required to submit the list of their staff on essential duties to the Government; note that there’s no ban on the lifting of petroleum products from depots and other receptacles.
“The total lockdown on Obio/Akpor and Port Harcourt government Areas are going to be reinstated on Thursday 14th May 2020 and remain until further notice.
“Compulsory wearing of face mask or scarfs in vehicles and public places; closure of all land, sea and air borders and entry routes into the State; and closure of all open markets, including slaughters, hotels, guest houses, cinemas, bars and restaurants; and ban on gathering, including public burials, weddings, and religious gathering of not more than 50 persons.
Once again, many thanks for your cooperation and understanding.
“Please note that our enemy is invisible; stay at home, maintain social distancing, wash your hands regularly and stay safe.
He said every measure the government had imposed was dictated by an assessment of the State’s situation, the trend of transmission and therefore the conviction that it had been the proper thing to do in the circumstance.
“As a Government, we do our utmost best, within the face of daunting challenges, to stop COVID-19 from grasping in Rivers State, to prevent any possible community transmission of this disease before it’s too late,” he said.